Pulisic eager to get Dortmund back on track

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic feels The Klassiker on Saturday evening could be the perfect way to revitalise their faltering season.

After an impressive start to life under head coach Peter Bosz, going seven games unbeaten to lead the Bundesliga – the German side's poor UEFA Champions League form affected their domestic performances.

Having not registered a single win in Europe's elite club competition which includes consecutive 1-1 draws with APOEL, Die Borussen allowed rivals Bayern Munich to return to the summit of the German top-flight.

Defeats to RB Leipzig and Hannover 96 over the past three weeks have seen local media question the strength of the youthful BVB side.

"After we had that amazing start, with I don't know how many wins and no goals conceded – I mean, it's hard to expect that the whole season," the teenager told the Bundesliga website.

"There are going to be tough times, and right now is a tough time – but I believe in our team and I think we can bounce right back.

"The Klassiker definitely has that special feeling. When we play against Bayern, one of our main rivals, the game always has a bit of extra meaning to it, and you want a good result," he added ahead of their clash on Saturday.

The 19-year-old has featured in every league game this season, scoring twice in nine starts.